Analysis Of The Article ' End The Gun Epidemic ' Essays

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Gun control in America, a very hot topic in today’s society that has writers across the country trigger happy with ideas of who is to blame for Americas gun problem and what the best way is to attempt to solve it. In a recent New York Times opinion article entitled “End the Gun Epidemic in America” a very broad and relatively vague argument was made that in order to end the gun epidemic in America “certain kinds of weapons” and “certain kinds of ammunition” (Editorial Board) need to be outlawed for civilian use. Within this article the writer uses a strong pathos appeal as well as ethos arguments in an attempt to sway the reader to place the blame of recent mass shootings on gun manufacturers, and the politicians who do not fight for stronger gun control. Given the content of the article and the way in which it is presented, the target audience would be those who are suffering from the emotional devastation of another mass shooting in the news. Moreover, this audience is easily persuaded due to the fragile emotional state they are in after such a recent and graphic event. Even though this argument may not be backed with much factual evidence it is effective in assigning the blame for the shooting to a certain group of people. However, this lack of evidence is overlooked by the target audience because they are not looking for a fact based argument, they are looking for a quick answer to the question, who is to blame? Given this fact, the pathos appeal within the article…

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